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Materials Science (BSc.)

Programme Overview

The Materials Science major involves the study of the properties and characteristics of materials. A foundatioon of Civil Engineering, Materials Science will enable the students to statisfy not just their interest in the Physics of materials, but provide a practical way to link Chemistry and Physics into he fascinating field of alloy, polymer, ceramic and other composites and nanotechnology development.

Programme Objectives

The BSc. programme in Physics with a major in Materials Science aims to:

  1. Prepare graduates for careers in, but not limited to teaching, materials engineer, metallurgist, product/process development scientist, government, business, and research;
  2. Prepare students to undertake further study in Physics at graduate level;
  3. Provide a good grounding in the best practices in the discipline;
  4. Develop graduates' understanding of Physics;
  5. Develop students' personal skills and professional qualities;
  6. Emphasis transferable skills e.g. team work, find solutions to problems, express problems in mathematical language, organise and manage time effectively, communicate Physics ideas clearly and succinctly, think logically and construct logical arguments, work with abstract concepts, adapt and motivate and much more.

Admission Requirements

In order to do the BSc. Physics Degree with a major in Materials Science, candidates must satisfy the requirements for entrance to the Faculty of Science and Technology. They must:


Satisfy the University requirements for Normal Matriculation.
Have obtained passes at CSEC Secondary Education General Proficiency Level (or equivalent) in Physics and two subjects at CAPE (both comprising Units 1 & 2) or at GCE A-Level (or equivalent) one of which must be Physics or Mathematics.


Satisfy the University requirements for Lower Level Matriculation.
Have obtained at CSEC Secondary Education General Proficiency level with grades I, II, or since 1998 grade III (or equivalent) in Physics and two other approved science subjects.

Programme Structure

Year 1: Minimum of eighteen (18) Mathematics and Physics credits as follows:

Semester I

   -PHYS1411: Mechanics

   -PHYS1412: Waves, Optics & Thermodynamics

   -MATH1141: Introductory Linear Algebra & Analytic Geometry

   -MATH1185: Calculus for Scientists & Engineers


Semester II

   -PHYS1421: Electricity & Magnetism

   -PHYS1422: Modern Physics


Plus (6 credits, optional) In-Faculty Courses.


Year 2: Eighteen (18) Physics credits as follows;

Semester I

   -PHYS2300: General Physics Lab I

   -PHYS2351: Quantum Mechanics & Nuclear Physics

   -PHYS2386: Electromagnetism & Optics


Semester II

   -PHYS2500: Materials Science Laboratory I

   -PHYS2561: Fundamentals of Materials Science

   -PHYS2671: Fluid Dynamics


Year 3: Nine (9) Physics credits as follows:

Semester I

   -PHYS3500: Advanced Materials Science Laboratory

   -PHYS3562: The Physics of Non-Crystalline & Amorphous Materials


Semester II

   -PHYS2396: Computer Applications in Physics

   -PHYS3561: The Physics of Crystalline Materials

   -PHYS3565: Thermodynamics & Kinetics of Materials


Plus (3 credits, optional) from MATH2230, PHYS3399 or, any Level 2 or 3 Physics or Electronics course and nine (9) foundation courses credits.

Careers after Graduation

Career path includes, but not limited to the following:

Teaching, Materials Engineer, Metallurgist, Product/process development scientist, Researcher, Technical Sales Engineer

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